Maycumber bill encouraging more candidates to seek careers in law enforcement passes Washington House

Maycumber bill encouraging more candidates to seek careers in law enforcement passes Washington House

(PRESS RELEASE/Washington State House Republicans)

Legislation to establish a professional development outreach program to encourage a broader diversity of candidates to seek a career in law enforcement passed the state House of Representatives today.

House Bill 1001, sponsored by Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, gained unanimous approval from her colleagues in the state House.

“This bill is a look toward the future of what law enforcement can be,” said Maycumber, a former law enforcement officer. “It’s about the children who may one day want to put a badge on and their experiences and interactions with law enforcement. It’s about not being reactionary but being proactive and building a connection, trust and relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”




Maycumber’s proposal directs the Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) to establish grant outreach programs to traditionally underrepresented groups and communities. These outreach programs would include specific plans to encourage youth from these groups and communities to seek careers in law enforcement.

“We have communities that don’t see law enforcement as a viable career choice,” said Maycumber. “If young people in these communities have reoccurring positive contact with law enforcement at an early age they may be more apt to look at this as a potential career path. We need a diverse police force that can reach across all socio-economic lines to both build trust and to deliver services effectively and efficiently.

“This legislation allows us to proactively embrace community policing and could shape what our police force looks like for the next generation,” said Maycumber.

Maycumber’s bill now heads to the Senate for further consideration.

The 2021 legislative session is scheduled to end April 25.